A very antiseptic take on the end of the week's election-related Lege actions from TXElects.
The House passed Senate Bill 4, the Senate’s redistricting plan for itself, without adopting any amendments.
Both plans head to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk in plenty of time to keep the filing period and primary elections on schedule.
The House will take up Senate Bill 6, the congressional redistricting plan, (today).
Early voting begins Monday for the November 2 constitutional, general and special elections.
Let's go elsewhere for some analysis.
As mentioned, Congress maps later today.
The Dallas-Fort Worth suburbs capture the intensity w/ which Texas Republicans are struggling against demographic change.— Alexa Ura (@alexazura) October 15, 2021
W/ surgical precision, Hispanic & Asian neighborhoods are being grafted onto new massive districts dominated by white voters: https://t.co/7EjBHVQf8F #txlege pic.twitter.com/tk1Gf7RzCK
Texas lawmakers advanced a redistricting plan that shatters the 18th Congressional District Democratic U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee represents and shuffles thousands of mostly Black residents in the Third Ward out of it. https://t.co/8r2KS277dj— Houston Chronicle (@HoustonChron) October 15, 2021
This Turner/Green exchange points out a major flaw in the Senate Congressional map. Huffman included map feedback provided by Congressional Republicans. Before releasing map. But told Dems (who didn't participate) they were on their own with their proposed amendments. #txlege— Kimberly Reeves (@edwonkkimmy) October 13, 2021
In contrast to the treatment of Congresswoman Jackson Lee, note the land bridge in TX-10 to West Austin to make sure Mike McCaul’s house remains in his district. #txlege https://t.co/3yHGJKf5g1 pic.twitter.com/qWdS1PJHvw— Michael Li 李之樸 (@mcpli) October 15, 2021
Redistricitng/gerrymandering wasn't the only debacle.
JUST IN: The Texas House on Thursday evening passed a bill banning transgender students from playing on public school sports teams aligned with their gender identity. https://t.co/toQJoSFXzO— KENS 5 (@KENS5) October 15, 2021
There was too much ugliness in the deliberations (sic) on this bill to be repeated here.
The repercussions of previously-passed bad laws are quickly being felt.
We knew this day would come. The day that teachers would be asked to have books with OPPOSING VIEWS OF THE HOLOCAUST to comply with SB 3. Texans can thank conservative elites/state leadership for the perpetuation of hate in our classrooms #txlege #txed https://t.co/iLwdKKsqEW— Ana “not in the TEKS” Ramon (@Ana_Ramon89) October 14, 2021
“What is the other side of the Holocaust?” he asked rhetorically. “Are you going to assign fourth graders Mein Kampf? Are you going to make them listen to Seb Gorka’s radio show? I just don’t know what she actually had in mind. But again, this is exactly what you get when you have politicians playing culture war and then trying to ram that into badly thought out draconian legislation.”
He added, “Republicans in Texas have been conservative for a long time, but there was a time when conservative Republicans in Texas were not absolutely batshit crazy.”
Here’s another Texas law that relies on lawsuits to enforce it. It might also shut down hospitals? https://t.co/aQuxqIrqyK— Matt Largey (@mattlargey) October 15, 2021
A group of Texas physicians are ramping up their calls for Gov. Abbott to rescind his executive order banning vaccine requirements, saying the government needs to stay out of health care.https://t.co/BzCX8JB1Mb— KXAN News (@KXAN_News) October 16, 2021
In recent months, Abbott has signed laws that require certain companies to play the national anthem before events, dictate how social media platforms can operate, & prohibit state contractors from divesting from fossil fuels https://t.co/FdB289HWVj— Justin Miller (@by_jmiller) October 11, 2021
Moving on to criminal and social injustice news.
The Justice Department has launched an investigation into allegations of widespread mistreatment at Texas' embattled youth lockups, where at least 11 staffers have been arrested on sexual abuse charges in recent years. https://t.co/H5hU5XQKfT— FOX 4 NEWS (@FOX4) October 14, 2021
Thread. This story of rampant physical and sexual attacks against children inside Texas's prisons for children is not an isolated incident of "bad guards." This is what child cages look like in every state. We must draw a few lessons: https://t.co/aDIQOpeyA3— Alec Karakatsanis (@equalityAlec) October 15, 2021
“That means the cash bond system itself is serving a danger to the community,” state District Judge Chris Morton said. “Any time there’s a for-profit aspect to criminal justice, that creates the opportunity for oppression and inconsistencies in justice.” https://t.co/838KttsGWh— Spooky Evan (@evan7257) October 14, 2021
#BREAKING - Hundreds of students at John H. Guyer High School in Denton have walked out of the classroom, supposedly to protest the school’s handling of sexual assault cases. https://t.co/ekW8hYoimx pic.twitter.com/jJxr3UtrVh— CBSDFW (@CBSDFW) October 15, 2021
And there will be some justice.
Y’all thought we were going to sit by while TAG and TxDOT spew lies about the “State of TxDOT”? Absolutely not.— Stop TxDOT I45 (@StopTxDOTi45) October 15, 2021
Thursday, October 21st
10am at Weiss Park (300 N Post Oak)
We will use our voices to set the record straight. #hounews #stoptxdoti45 pic.twitter.com/UdaM00tXNU
Katy ISD reinstates banned books, reschedules author visit after critical race theory allegations refuted https://t.co/USc6XIsGGa— Houston Chronicle (@HoustonChron) October 14, 2021
A few climate items.
Dying oil and gas wells are a climate menace.— Bloomberg Green (@climate) October 14, 2021
One company — Diversified Energy — has amassed about 69,000 wells across the U.S.
Our reporters went to some of those sites and found that many were emitting methane. [THREAD] https://t.co/QH3mk7nwed
Twice as many 100-degree days in 15 years?! Greater hurricane intensity, drought severity, and wildfire risk?! Polls show Texans know the climate is changing and Texas isn’t prepared. #txlege #txenergy https://t.co/dpGoDsEZdY— Changing TX Climate (@TX_Climate) October 14, 2021
And some updates to news that haven't been made here recently.
COVID-19 hospitalizations in Texas are at their lowest level since July 29https://t.co/I3bk6MLxM8— KXAN News (@KXAN_News) October 13, 2021
It's been a long and winding road: Forming a development company to build rail stations for a Dallas-to-Houston #bullettrain is the latest step in a decade-old effort to push the plan down the tracks. @paul_o_donnell has 4 things to know about it. #txlege https://t.co/UzV9BGKSZV— John Gravois (@Grav1) October 13, 2021
One snarky bit: "Brain Flakes". They need to be eating more of those in rural Texas, but Mr. Hart needs to be paying his people more to move those boxes.
In rural Texas we posted a $14/hour part-time cash container unloading job.— Molson Hart (@Molson_Hart) October 12, 2021
No one showed up.
Now our team of 2 is unloading 35,000 pounds of Brain Flakes themselves.
Wild that $14 isn’t enough these days.
Pictures are old and for plush but it gives you an idea. pic.twitter.com/iVxFa2z7qI
And a soother.
Three exhibitions at Plush Gallery: Narong Tintamusik: Red Oblivion, Dwayne Carter: The End of Madness, and Favio Moreno: When It’s All Said. Dates: September 25 – November 13, 2021.— Glasstire (@Glasstire) October 15, 2021
Part of Glasstire’s series of short videos, Five-Minute Tourshttps://t.co/nYSlnCd1eW pic.twitter.com/8yqG4O5K4z